Preacher Roe, Herb Score, R.I.P.

The New York Times reports that Preacher Roe, who pitched with the Cardinals and Pirates before an excellent stint with Brooklyn to finish his career, died at the venerable age of 92.  A lefty with excellent control and a nasty spitball, Roe went 22-3 in 1951 with a 3.04 ERA, finishing 5th in the NL MVP race.  For his career, he was 127-84 but his best years were with Brooklyn, going 93-37 from 1948-1954.

Also, ESPN reports that Herb Score passed away at the age of 75.  He was a long-time broadcaster with the Cleveland Indians, known as “the voice of the Indians.”  However, he was better known as a talented young pitcher with the Indians who was the Rookie of the Year in 1955, then won 20 games in 1956 before his career was cut short when Yankee Gil MacDougald blasted a line drive off Score’s right eye, breaking his nose and fracturing several bones in his face on May 7, 1957.  Score was never the same afterward, winning only 19 games in the next six years before retiring in 1962.

So long and rest in peace, great figures of the game.

Published in: on November 11, 2008 at 11:28 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Preacher Roe– classic baseball player name

  2. Today’s Times has a good story about Score too. Sad what happened to him. Makes me wonder how other pitchers who’ve been hit by line drives to the head can shake off the effects and keep pitching.

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